Nice Try, Jane Sinner by Lianne Oelke

Nice Try, Jane Sinner

The only thing 17-year-old Jane Sinner hates more than failure is pity. After a personal crisis and her subsequent expulsion from high school, she’s going nowhere fast. Jane’s well-meaning parents push her to attend a high school completion program at the nearby Elbow River Community College, and she agrees, on one condition: she gets to move out.   Jane tackles her housing problem by signing up for House of Orange, a student-run re...

Details Nice Try, Jane Sinner

TitleNice Try, Jane Sinner
Release DateJan 9th, 2018
PublisherClarion Books
GenreContemporary, Young Adult

Reviews Nice Try, Jane Sinner

  • Emma Giordano
    Shout out to HMHTeen for letting me read this one so early! I REEEAAAALLLLYYYY loved this book!! I feel like we don't get much YA in a college setting, so it was nice to be able to relate to a YA character with my current circumstances as opposed to referring to my past.Trigger warning for talk of depression and suicide. These topics are not huge components of the story nor is it a main focus or what I would consider specifically a "mental health...
  • Lola Reviewer
    Reality show on paper?Been there, read that. Life in a Fishbowl was awful and I dare say unreadable, so why even bother with this one?Well, if I learned something these past few years of reading actively, it’s that you can’t let one book ruin a genre, topic, character type or even writing style for you. This has one of the most original contemporary premises I’ve heard of lately: Jane Sinner gets expelled from high school for unknown reason...
  • Elise (TheBookishActress)
    “There is no divine plan, no destiny, no life after death, and no compensation for what you lose. There is only here and now. There is only what you’ve done and what you are going to do. And if you can own up to every moment and take responsibility for your life and shape it into something beautiful and kind and generous - if you can do that, you’ve discovered what it means to be strong.” This is the funniest book about depression I have ...
  • destiny ☠ howling libraries
    It’s too bad that one Event is enough to wipe out years of accumulated Good Kid credit. I went into this book expecting a story about a Survivor/Big Brother-style game show, but what I got was a story about growing up, mental health, healing, forgiving yourself, and learning to live with the consequences of your actions. Perhaps if I spent more time in my childhood socializing with secular children instead of praying when I felt uncomfortable,...
  • alice (arctic books)
    You can find this review and others at arctic books3.5 stars. Trigger warnings for mentions of suicide (attempt)NICE TRY, JANE SINNER is not a book I’ve heard much about, but I was nonetheless very intrigued by the synopsis as it covered some topics that I rarely, if ever, see in young adult literature. This novel follows Jane Sinner as she starts community college and decides to be a contestant on House of Orange, a reality television show to ...
  • Tatiana
    Super fun! I am not sure that a reality tv show made by and with college students (and one underage high school dropout) and streamed on local tv is entirely believable, but this is a YA import from Canada, so maybe anything goes there? The impression I’ve got so far from Canadian YA (mainly Susan Juby’s work) is that people there are much more laid back about teen drinking and dating grown men. Correct me if I am wrong.Either way, fresh plot...
  • Eilonwy
    3-1/2 starsJane dropped out of high school just a few months before graduation, due to an Event which made everything beyond awkward. When she signs up for classes at the local community college to finish up her missing credits, she sees an ad offering a place to live for super-cheap rent (the catch: it’s all being filmed for a Big Brother-like online reality show), and convinces her parents to let her move out (not that she tells them the trut...
  • Marla Mei
    MY FIRST BOOK OF THE YEAR AND IT’S A FIVE-STAR READ!!!! I’m not crying you are!!! 😭😭😭(Also, YA books set in college??? More please!)
  • julianna ➹
    + hilarious main character. so much dry humor and I LOVE IT+ interesting talks about psychology+ written in a journal format and v unique!+ delves into sensitive topics and discovering yourself+ in a college setting! i love college even though i've never been!full review to come.
  • syd
    911 I'd like to report a book for being SO GODDAMN AMAZINGrtc!!
  • Xavier (CharlesXplosion)
    Nice Try, Jane Sinner is pure bliss. Full of memorable character and beautiful engaging/humorous writing makes this novel a true gem. If you are looking for college-centric YA, then this is the novel for you. Oelke realistically shows the transition and change one goes through in college. There are very frankly/tactfully handled discussions on suicide, therapy, mental illness, and religion that are just so beautiful and insightful.I love this nov...
  • Hollis
    no trespassingviolators will be shotsurvivors will be shot againNICE TRY, JANE SINNER might be one of the strangest books I've ever read. And yet it totally worked for me. Oelke's voice, experienced through Jane, is hilarious. I'm pretty sure I highlighted half the book. It's a strange plot -- highschool dropout enrolls in community college to finish her credits, lies about her age to get herself on a Big Brother-esque reality tv show in order to...
  • love, ellie
    me at the beginning of the book: there’s no way I’m giving this 5 stars lol nice try, lianne oelkeme now: bc i have so many thoughts
  • Trin
    Read in one sitting (with a short food break, because there is a lot of food in this book and it made me hungry. I had scallion pancakes, thanks for asking). Fantastic, hilarious, authentic voice. The choice to do the dialogue in script format is a brilliant example of form = content in a book about reality TV. And if reality TV really contained as many complicated, engaging characters as this book -- well, I would watch more of it. (I really onl...
  • Danielle (Life of a Literary Nerd)
    “There is no divine plan, no destiny, no life after death, and no compensation for what you lose. There is only here and now. There is only what you’ve done and what you are going to do. And if you can own up to every moment and take responsibility for your life and shape it into something beautiful and kind and generous - if you can do that, you’ve discovered what it means to be strong.” I wanted to like this more than I actually did. I...
  • Sylvia (Serial Bibliophile)
    I devoured this book! The main character might as well be called Sylvia, because we are the same (LOL). She's serious but sassy and kind of a smart-ass. This book is hilarious, fun, and full of reality TV drama, while also touching some seriousness like suicide and therapy.5 stars! Will write a full review soon, just need to gather my thoughts first!PS. The book contains a LOT of references of "The Bachelor", never expected to be okay with refere...
  • Chelsea
    Super mixed feelings on this one, so here's a pros and cons list. PROS + so much snark! Jane has to be the most sarcastic narrator I've ever read.+ thoughtful exploration of depression, mental health, and suicide - some great passages on this.+ examination and critique of religion and how it relates to mental illness, though I did find it a bit over the top in some parts.+ it's centered around a friggin' reality show, which I have NEVER seen in a...
  • Jay G
    Want to see more from me? Check out my youtube channel: Stars Jane Sinner wants to distance herself from her past after being recently expelled from her highschool. She decides to start community college where she participates in a student run reality TV program called House of Orange with 5 other students. The humor in this book was SO MUCH like my own, I loved every second of it. I found myself laug...
  • Mckinlay
    This book was hilarious. I'd highly recommend it to people who like Daria or Community, or both. Characters: Jane reminded me a lot of myself because she's very sarcastic, though she's much more confident than i am, though i'm not sure she knows that.There was a colorful cast of side characters and I enjoyed them all. I wish we had gotten more from her best friend Bonnie, and her sister, Carol. But i think it would have been hard to include them ...
  • claudia
    “there is no divine plan, no destiny, no life after death, and no compensation for what you lose. there is only here and now. there is only what you’ve done and and what you are going to do. and if you can own up to every moment and take responsibility for your life and shape it into something beautiful and kind and generous—if you can do that, you’ve discovered what it means to be strong.” i didn’t expect to love this book the way i...
  • Rê
    4 “The best of Reality TV” StarsNice Try, Jane Sinner was the book I needed this week. It was fun, witty, deep and sort of unique.The narrative choices were a little different from what I’m used to since this was supposed to be Jane Sinner’s journal, but I still loved it. I pretty much loved a lot about this book.First, I loved Jane. She was such a fun and interesting character to follow. Even when she was struggling to feel anything, she...
  • Madalyn (Novel Ink)
    *3.5 stars*This review originally appeared on Novel Ink.I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Content warnings: suicide, depression, religious familyThis book was such an unexpected delight. I can already sense that Nice Try, Jane Sinner is a book readers will either completely love or completely hate. It follows our main character, Jane Sinner, who ...
  • Katherina Neko
    Originally posted on my blog, Book-o-Craze!I would like to thank the publisher and NetGalley for providing a free copy for me to read in exchange for an honest review.Happy Release Day, Jane Sinner!!!Jane Sinner. One name, so many levels.And, we are lucky enough to be reading her thoughts firsthand.Because this is her journal, where her deepest thoughts are being written under utter secrecy.Jane's whole life has changed ever since the Event. And,...
  • Katie Lantz
    It will be extremely difficult for me to produce an "objective" review (if such a thing even existed), because of how strongly I related to our main character, the titular Jane Sinner. Her mental health experience so closely mirrors mine that as soon as I finished it, I shoved it in my mother's face saying, "If you want to know me, read this book." That being said, trigger warnings for depression and suicide in this novel.Jane is funny, and spunk...
  • Ava
    Oh, this was so great! It's one of the funniest YA books I've ever read, and was so much MORE than I expected. It centers around Jane Sinner, a depressed high school dropout attending her local community college, who decides to join the House of Orange. House of Orange is a YouTube film series centering around her and a few others where they all: live in a communal home, pay cheap rent, are filmed 24/7, and compete in challenges to win a car. (Pi...
  • Jessica (novelcravings)
    Originally posted at NOVELcravings, review copy courtesy of Raincoast Books.Nice Try, Jane Sinner is the story of a seventeen-year-old girl trying to figure herself out and sort of blundering through life as she does. She was expelled from high school and decides to finish her required classes at the local community college. She also signs up for a student-run reality show called, The House of Orange, which is a bit like big brother. The show and...
  • Nina (JustAddAWord)
    I think I may be in love with this book.It's just so ... perfect, you know? It's entertaining and funny and quirky and serious when it wants to be. It features reality TV (!!!) that is even somehow cooler to read about than watch. It's written in a funky format (journal entries, some emails, some phone calls), and that makes it all the more special, as if NICE TRY, JANE SINNER needed any more reasons to stand out. Dare I say this one is going to ...
  • JM Cabral
    Full review to come. For now, here's a short blurb:“Jane Sinner’s story is mostly focused on a life of being overshadowed by a huge mistake. And if there’s one thing that I absolutely adore about this debut, it’s definitely Jane herself. Half of the time, I didn’t really agree with most of her decisions. She might not be your typical heroine, with all her antics and her being “extra”, but I can assure you, one way or another, you wi...
  • Kristen